I’m curious, do you find it easier to swing your feet out of bed when a cool crisp day awaits, or does it just make you want to curl up under the covers for a few more minutes? If you’re like me, then it feels like an invitation to start fresh and new with a crisp clean slate. And there’s no better way to start than with a delicious and satisfying breakfast, especially one of these 18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts! From there you can move on to enjoy the beauty of the season, complete with a classic autumn dinner, some seasonal side dishes and all wrapped up with a scrumptious fall dessert.
I just love fall. The cool crisp air. The gorgeous vibrant colors. And of course, most of all, the wonderful, aromatic flavors of autumn ingredients. Pumpkins, winter squash apples, cinnamon, caramel and spice! There’s nothing better than that. This collection of 17 Autumn Desserts is proof of my love for baking treats with these ingredients.
Pumpkins are for more than Decorating!
1) This Caramel Pumpkin Cake is one of those that quickly jumped to the top [Read more…] about 17 Autumn Desserts to Welcome the Season!
The past few weeks I’ve shared some great picnic ideas to keep your outside dining more interesting than the usual stand-by items. We’ve enjoyed Over 30 Delicious Recipes for Easy Picnic Food and 40 Perfect Side Dishes for Summer Picnics. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this collection could never be complete without a round-up of picnic dessert recipes! So today I’m sharing over 30 Tasty Picnic Desserts, from those that are lighter and almost snack-like to the more decadent treats.
Muffins – they aren’t just for breakfast!
Muffins aren’t just for breakfast anymore! They make a nice sweet treat after a meal without being too sweet and heavy to toss a frisbee or hike or enjoy whatever adventure you have planned as part of your picnic. Try some of these on your next picnic, and if somehow you have a few leftover, then you have breakfast started for the next day!
Bars and Brownies for quick treats that travel way
Bars and brownies are perfect picnic treat because they can be made fairly quickly, spread into a pan, baked and you’re ready for your adventure!
Cookies are always a hit – picnic or no picnic!
Personally, cookies are one of my favorite desserts to pack for a picnic, trip or even a lunch. Many cookies can even be baked ahead of time and frozen so you could grab a dozen of several different types and bring a nice variety on your picnic!
Snacks and Mixes to please every crowd
- Salted Caramel Biscoff Dip is a nice addition to apples or pears to quickly bring them to a dessert status.
And a few other treats just because they’re that good!
And just because they’re always favorites, why not whip up some cupcakes? Or bring a small cooler with some fudge in it for a decadent finale to your picnic!
With almost 100 picnic recipes including a nice collection of main dishes, sides and desserts, you should be more than ready to head outdoors and enjoy some great food and time with your family and friends. Why not start a picnic tradition? It may be weekly or the first Friday of each month or the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Which time or specific location isn’t as important as taking the time to gather with your people and enjoying dinner in a slightly new and different way. Somehow a change of venue and a new menu can create memories that last a lifetime.
And let us know what your favorite picnic dishes are in the comments below. Even with all the recipes included in this little series it never hurts to have a few more new ideas. Happy picnicking!
I’m not sure about you, but we’re really looking forward to Easter this weekend! As you’re considering your final menu and shopping list for Easter, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes. Some have been shared here at Eat at Home Cooks and others are from other blogs. You’ll find a mixture of traditional dishes as well as a few twists on your usual Easter Dinner fare. Whatever your final menu and shopping list includes, I hope your Easter includes a celebration of this holiday and all that it means with your family and friends. And in the meantime, here is pretty much everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!
Everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!
Main Course Recipes
Honey Glazed Ham is always a favorite, and with this recipe, you don’t have to buy the prepackaged glaze mix.
Herb and Olive Oil Roasted Chicken makes a great option for those who prefer a meat other than ham.
Hungarian Cucumber Salad Tara at Unsophisticook shared her recipe for this refreshing cucumber salad that can also be prepared ahead of time and chilled until the rest of your dinner is ready to be served.
This Spring Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette if perfect for spring with the flavorful mix of berries, nuts and strong cheese. And the dressing recipe mixes up quickly and would be a nice addition to lots of different salads.
Side Dish Recipes
I found this recipe for Black Angus Au Gratin Potatoes years ago while preparing one of our first Easter dinners as newlyweds. It was a big hit then with it’s potatoes and loads of cheeses, and it has continued to be a family favorite ever since.
Aimee of Simple Bites has a recipe for Rosemary Potato Strudel with an ingredient list that includes potatoes, rosemary, sour cream and puff pastry. How can it not be tasty with that list of ingredients?
I know the Balsamic Strawberries recipe sounds a bit crazy, but trust me, you really should try this one.
Honey Glazed Carrots are always a favorite with a touch of butter and honey and they free up some oven space since it’s a slow cooker recipe.
Hot Cross Buns have been a long-standing Easter tradition that started centuries ago with the Saxons, and it’s always fun to bake a recipe that has stood the test of time.
This Sunny Blueberry Orange Bread would make a great sweet appetizer to munch on if you’re serving dinner a little later than usual, or even a dessert for those who want some sweetness without an overload of sugar.
This Goat Cheese Biscuit recipe is an adaptation of a biscuit served at Table Fifty Two restaurant in Chicago and Oh my! That’s all I can say about these yummy little things!
There were so many yummy dessert recipes to choose from that they had their very own post earlier this week. You’ll want to check those out before you make that last trip shopping trip. But be warned, you don’t want to check out these recipes if you’re the least bit hungry! Your mouth will definitely be watering. And if you need even more inspiration, check out this post with 22 more ways to expand your Easter Menu.
Wishing you and yours the happiest of Easter weekends!
Banana Bread is the very first recipe I ever shared on my site. I use the same recipe that my mom has used for years. It’s reliable, uses basic pantry ingredients and it’s easy to make.
The recipe hasn’t changed from my first post, but my photos and writing have. I’ve been writing here since October 2008. That’s a lot of years of practice.
Sometimes I think I’ve made every possible easy recipe under the sun. So today I decided to go back to the basics. The wonderful thing about basics is they ground you. These are the recipes that are full of memories. The basics are comfort foods.
It doesn’t get more basic or more comforting than Banana Bread.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening butter, margarine, crisco
- 2 eggs
- 3 bananas mashed
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips optional
- Cream the sugar and shortening with a mixer.
- Add the eggs and bananas and mix well.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
- Pour into loaf pans that have been greased.
- Bake 50 minutes -1 hour at 350 degrees.
- Take the loaves out of the pan while they still hot.